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Why do anime girls have huge chests?

Because some people like women with big breasts. As usual, anime exaggerates; it can't just have a woman with big breasts, it has to have a woman with ridiculously gigantic breasts. This isn't purely ...
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Do Japanese Student councils have actual power (punishing students, revoking clubs, etc)?

TL;DR: No, real-life student councils do not have absolute powers and aren't as powerful as depicted in anime or manga. Long answer Japanese school life tends to be much more hierarchical and ...
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What is this type of hairstyle?

This is a sub-trope of Anime Hair, which is known as the Hair Intakes A sub-trope of Anime Hair, this hairstyle resembles the hood scoops on a muscle car and also looks a bit like cat ears, allowing ...
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Why does school bullying keep showing up in manga?

Bullying is a persistent problem in Japan. It has its own term called "ijime". The Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has been tracking reported ...
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Why do many characters tend to have crazy hair colors and styles?

Question #1: Why do many characters tend to have crazy hair colors? What is the cultural origin of such a style? The origin of this practice is the primarily black and white medium of manga. Manga ...
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What do people mean when they say "Notice me, senpai"?

This is a meme in the English-speaking internet anime community. This particular phrasing appears to have come into existence around December 2013 (according to Google Trends), though variants are ...
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What does the "S" stand for in s-rank or s-class?

There's really no mention about what it stands, as far as I can recall. In fact, S-rank is not only used in One Punch Man. Reading around some articles, it seems like most of them attribute the S-rank ...
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Why do cross-dressing characters like Hideri Kanzaki usually have high voices?

The whole point of the "trap" archetype is to trick people (both the audience watching the show, and the characters in the show itself) into thinking the character is female when they aren't. If they ...
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Why are fangs of girls so common in anime?

They're called Yaeba. Wikipedia says: In Japan, yaeba (八重歯, "double tooth") are human teeth, especially upper canines, with an uncommonly fang-like appearance. Yaeba most often refers to a ...
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Why aren't most of the phones in anime smartphones?

Of the shows you cite, Haganai was animated in 2011; Black Rock Shooter was animated in 2012; and Oregairu was animated in 2013. The source material for each is even older (albeit kind of irrelevant ...
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Why is Kaguya depicted with a flower growing out of her head when in her moron/fool form?

There is a Japanese term 脳内お花畑 (nōnai o-hanabatake) which translates literally to "garden in the brain". It's meant to indicate someone who is "off in their own world" or spacing ...
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Why are there red strings around the MCs' body parts in some anime?

This is based on a common East Asian belief known as the "Red Thread of Fate", or "Red String of Fate". It is said that soulmates are bound together by an invisible red string, ...
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What are these type of eyes called (see red hair girl on the left in image)?

"Hanmoku" (半目, half[-closed] eyes) is drawn the same way or similarly to "jitome" (ジト目, staring eyes), but is not identical in intent. "Jitome" is a facial expression where the person expresses ...
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Why Is Britannia often depicted as an almighty power?

Based on your comments you seem to be drawing too much of a distinction between the words Britannia and Britain, as in fact both mean the same thing. Britannia is just the Latin (and ancient Greek) ...
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Are joke episodes common in anime?

It depends on the series. For series who have a guided plot and who have a specific direction they're going in, like Bleach or Naruto, having a comedic episode appear once in a while serves as filler,...
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Who is the first Oppai Loli ever featured in anime and manga?

Note: this answer uses the term "loli" as defined by Japanese anime fans: it's either age-related or appearance-related (AniOta), or to the extension of either childlike face, short height, no waist, ...
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What are those weird three-line blushy things on some anime/manga characters cheeks?

This is what is implied to be a blush or flushed cheeks. Its meaning outside Japanese media may be a bit skewed depending on the source. A blush is a still called a blush in Japanese. Rarely are ...
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Why do characters in anime/manga eat their lunches in restrooms?

This is meme-ish thing in Japan. Most of Japanese otaku community member was socially divided by their classmates (because what you call Jocks don't like this kind of culture and tends to despise ...
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Are threads as weapons real?

Depends on the results you're looking for (slicing vs choking). Realistically there is no current application of any material (carbon nanotubes composites included) thin enough and with enough tensile ...
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What is the origin of mushrooms growing on a sad person's head?

In Japanese, a gloomy/depressed person can be referred to as being "damp" (じめじめ, jimejime). What grows in dark (i.e. gloomy) and damp places? Mushrooms, of course. The expression from Haruhi there ...
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What is with kimono that makes Japanese guys to fall for the girls in many anime?

It's a similar trope to one you see in Western media, where the normally un-feminine (or dorky, or nerdy, or otherwise not stereotypically attractive) female character dresses up for some kind of ...
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What is the technical term for the "consecutive, discrete zoom-in shots" and what is its origin?

These are consecutive axial cuts. Axial cuts are used rarely in contemporary cinema, but were fairly common in the cinema of the 1910s and 1920s.
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Why do people wearing a headband with two flashlights or candles when acting crazy or out of place?

The other answer is incorrect, or possibly overshooting the reference. Note that the Ushi no Toki Mairi is always represented with a voodoo doll and hammer, absent in depictions of characters "...
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Why are old anime women often depicted as young girls?

I suppose this depends on your definition of "often". It also heavily depends on the kind of show you're watching. If you're watching a slice-of-life anime which has its characters closely rooted in ...
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What does "crossing one's palm with fingers and gulping" signify?

This action that Megumi is doing signifies anxiety and stress. It is a nervous habit, as explained in the show and manga. From the wiki: She has a habit of tracing the kanji for "person" (人)...
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Why are fangs of girls so common in anime?

In addition to BCLC's answer, the girls in the The Helpful Fox Senko-san are kitsune, aka fox spirits. Foxes have fangs. They, along with many of the other fox/wolf/cat/dog-human hybrids that show up ...
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Why do some anime characters use Sanskrit spells instead of Japanese?

per Wikipedia on Sanskrit Sanskrit (/ˈsænskrɪt/; Sanskrit: saṃskṛtam [səmskr̩t̪əm] or saṃskṛta, originally saṃskṛtā vāk, "refined speech") is the primary sacred language of Hinduism, a ...
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Why do anime always have an eye glow arbitrarily drawn in

Depending on the series, the fact that these eye highlights appear can be exploited to add the effect of unhappiness, shock, horror, or any other emotion outside of "normal" for a stock character. ...
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Why is it (almost) always a 10 years gap? What is so special with 10 years intervals?

This question reminds me of a typical case of Confirmation Bias. Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one's preexisting ...
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